Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered enthalpy reactions, how to solve for it in a problem given different parameters, and how to apply Hess's law when working problems. The student will be doing practice tests all week with his AP chemistry exam around the corner."
"We went over chemical thermodynamics, balancing equations, chemical kinematics, Chapter 20 on AP chemistry book, Reduction-Oxidation reaction balance, oxidation number calculation, AP practice problems. He was a smart high school student. He will pass the AP test and he knew about it. He needed tutoring session just to make sure he would pass it. I recommended him some practice problems and there is no other concerns regarding the session."
"We covered the student's AP chemistry practice exams. We examined a few areas where he can gain a few points on the exam, including two missed problems dealing with half-life calculations. We also discussed strategies on the free-response section."
"The student and I went through an AP chem practice test, as the test is on Monday. We went through truncated multiple choice and free response sections. This included a few small lessons on titrations, the EM spectrum and energy transitions, and kinetics rate laws as well as some general discussion about strategy for the exam. He seems very well prepared for the exam on Monday, and I would be shocked if he didn't get a 5. Tomorrow, we will go over a few more last minute review topics."
"The student and I had our last review session before the AP Chemistry exam, and we reviewed multiple choice and free response questions from old practice exams. He was still struggling with the titration and acid/base questions but I think he should be able to handle those on the exam. He also seemed very nervous for the test but I think I was able to assuage most of his concerns."
"The student and I reviewed a mixture of AP practice problems from old AP exams and from the Chemistry guide. We also reviewed how to answer problems when taking the exam (e.g. explicitly stating laws, principles) and talked through how to answer different types of questions. No concerns."
"Last night, we covered thermodynamics of chemistry and electrolytic cells. Specifically we studied his chapter 17 and 18 for his upcoming exam this week. We covered Entropy (exothermic/endothermic) and Enthalpy, the Gibbs free energy and its relation to spontaneity followed by Half cell redox reactions, Nernst equation, and the difference between the equilibrium constant (K) and the reaction quotient (Q)."
"The student worked on a practice AP chemistry exam multiple choice section. He worked on keeping his work organized so that he could check his work and ensure his math was correct."
"For this session, we shifted our focus toward the multiple-choice portion of the exam; the student tried to finish a whole section without a calculator, as the exam rules stipulate. She completed the section in the time we had, and we had the chance to review some of the questions that were more challenging to her; typically these involved bonding theory, gas laws and the like. As far as actual computations went, she was more than able to answer nearly every question, and even when she had gotten a wrong answer, she was usually able to see why pretty clearly. The exam is tomorrow at 8am, and I have a good feeling she will do quite well; a 4 should be easily within her grasp, and a 5 is also highly likely."
"The student is going to be taking the AP test on Monday. We spent 4 hours reviewing the different topics in her text book. Most of the problems that we did were calculations: stoichiometry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, etc. We worked on an old test."
"This session, she completed a gas laws worksheet, which also involved stoichiometry. One of the problems involved pressure, volume, and temperature. The problems went smoothly."
"Today's class was particularly rewarding because I feel like we made huge progress in tackling two particular areas that the student felt was challenging. First and foremost was the VSEPR theory and bond geometry. While he had virtually no problem drawing Lewis dot structures, he needed more practice to recognize how to orient these models in 3-D. After solid practice with most of the common configurations, we transitioned to discuss hybrid orbitals. Both these lessons cemented each other in theory and practice, so by the end, he seemed substantially more comfortable in each area compared to where he started."